Life continues onward.....

Needless to say, 2017 was a rough year. It is difficult for me to wrap my mind around the fact that my father is gone. It seems like a lifetime since he passed and yet it also seems like yesterday. I miss him terribly. 

I'm not special or unique. Loss is universal. I have spoken with people whose parents died many years ago and yet, they still have an emotional response that indicates the wounds are still fresh. I know the more time that passes, the more I miss speaking to my dad. 

I truly believe loved ones become part of us - physically part of us. They are literally ingrained in the neuropathways of our brain. We have roadmaps in our physical brain with detailed information about these people and animals we love. It's hard to deny how extraordinary this is and how profound loss impacts our lives.

Life does go on, but it is now different - tinged with an urgency to spend more time doing what I want and less time drudging through meaningless tasks. I have left corporate America for now. I'm freelancing, pursuing art as well as teaching it. I appreciate time spent with my family more. I am better at keeping in contact with friends and family and I am certainly more grateful for the time I get to spend with them.

Happy Birthday to my Dad

Happy Birthday to my dad. He would have been 85 today. His co-workers gave him the cake in this photo when he and my mom bought the farm in Cloverdale.
When I was walking in the park this morning a beautiful orange and white kitty ran across my path. I spent the next several minutes sitting in the sunshine petting this kitty and I can't help but think that my dad sent me a cat today for a little "therapy". In 7 years I've only encountered 4 other cats in this park and I've never encountered a cat that has let me pet it until today. (and no worries about the kitty - I contacted her/his human via the phone number on the collar and all is well).
Happy Birthday to my Dad. I miss him.


It's no secret I'm a Ted Talk junkie. Progressive thinking is something I find lacking in daily life and this is where I get my fix. This is one of my newest favorite talks by Emilie Wapnick regarding the concept of Multipotentialites - people who are interested in and excel at more than one career. I hope the working world can evolve and embrace this concept a little more readily.